While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here– the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.” Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?” He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’ Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.” Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky. “Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”
It’s Amazing Grace to think that when the end arrives, we don’t need to worry about what we will say or how we will act if we are True Believers of Jesus. When the end comes, God will give Believers the Wisdom to say things that will be irresistible and irrefutable. Many people worry about what they will do under extreme duress and it doesn’t get any more “extreme” than the end of days. But, we are not Called to be Perfect; we are Simply-Called to be Faithful. We can’t be Perfect and God knows that – He made us after all… So, rather than worrying too much about the continued decaying of the world, we should rather focus on Him and what He calls us to do. Like Mary said at the Wedding at Cana, “Do whatever He tells you.” (John 2:5) Living as close to Jesus as we possibly can will help us to live as Gracefully as possible. And, that’s where “Amazing” takes place.